May : A Monthly Meal Plan
How did we get to May so quickly?
I sat down a few days ago with tea and my diary and jotted down May’s meal plan. It took me under half-an-hour and now I don’t have to think about what’s for dinner? for the next thirty-one days. Satisfying!
Granted, once you’ve done one monthly plan it’s definitely easier to do the next. I cut and pasted a few days-in-a-row from April and made a few amendments considering Che has drama on a Tuesday afternoon, we’ve got swimming on Wednesdays (which ends May 30) and Poet spends an hour dancing ballet on Thursdays (we don’t get home till 5:30pm so it’s definitely an easy dinner night).
A few of you have been asking about ideas for school lunches and this, here, is my easy-peasy go-to : mini quiches + vegie sticks. If you want to follow a recipe head over here otherwise I simply fry up some diced bacon, add grated zucchini or diced capsicum and cook until the bacon is nice and crisp. I then whip up about 6-8 eggs, add a little milk, add a bit of salt and pepper, add the bacon + vegies and voila – quiche filling. I line muffin trays with puff pastry, fill the pastry with the quiche mix and add a cherry tomato + grated cheese on top. Bake for about 35 minutes at 180degrees and then guard them with your life to ensure they last the school week.
As you can see, I make regular muffin size quiches + mini, literally-bite-sized quiches. I store them in glass containers (I bought this set late last year and it’s in constant use – highly recommend!). These will do for school lunches from Mon-Thu as on Fridays I usually treat the kids to a lunch order. For those interested, I use lunchbots lunch containers and swear by them…we’ve been using our current set for three years now. I pack one quad and one uno for each child and I send them in a Lunchbots Insulated Bag (I put an ice brick in the bottom and the two lunchboxes in the top compartment).
So what are we eating in May? A lot of favourites and lots of red meat, vegies and garlic-infused meals because my iron and immunity is struggling (I find out next week if I’m getting an iron infusion):
Mon 1st : Chicken Noodle Soup
Tue 2nd : Tuna Pasta (another great option for school lunch as it works just as well as a salad)
Wed 3rd : Lamb Cutlets + Mash + Greens
Thu 4th : Chicken Curry
Fri 5th : Pizza + Salad
Sat 6th : Potato Bake + Greens + Sourdough
Sun 7th : Chilli Con Carne
Mon 8th : Fried Rice + Steamed Greens
Tue 9th : Broth + Noodles + Vegies
Wed 10th : Spaghetti Bol
Thu 11th : Steak + Vegies
Fri 12th : Pizza + Salad
Sat 13th : Roast Chicken
Sun 14th : Chicken Pie
Mon 15th : Tuna Pasta
Tue 16th : Broth + Noodles + Vegies
Wed 17th : Vegetarian Nachos
Thu 18th : Burgers
Fri 19th : Potato Bake + Lamb Chops + Salad
Sat 20th : Roast Beef + Apple Pie
Sun 21st : Shepherds Pie
Mon 22nd : Spaghetti Bol
Tue 23rd : Broth + Noodles + Vegies
Wed 24th : Pumpkin Soup + Cheese Toasties
Thu 25th : Chicken Curry
Fri 26th : Quiche + Salad
Sat 27th : Roast Lamb
Sun 28th : Lancashire Pie
Mon 29th : Lasagna
Tue 30th : Broth + Noodles + Vegies
Wed 31st : Tuna Pasta